Low Voter Turnout Causes Review of Voter Processes

Statue-of-Liberty-USA-427140Since the California Voter statistics were published for the 2014 elections, there has been a  lot of analysis done to find out why there is such low registration and voting – especially among 18-24-year-olds.  Members of your LWVBAE Voter Services Team have been attending seminars and (trying) to keep up with the latest news on the topic so we can plan our campaign for the June and November 2016 Elections.

LWVC is a partner with the “The Future of California Elections” (FOCE), a collaboration between election officials, civil rights organizations and election reform advocates to examine and address the unique challenges facing the State of California’s election system.  Their 2015 Conference highlighted the development of the State’s new, single voter database – VoteCal – along with an emphasis on targeting high schools to register new voters.  The VoteCal database will be implemented with the 2016 Presidential election.

We also attended an online seminar by the UC Davis California Civic Engagement Project (CCEP) reviewing their research on the low 8.5% turnout for the 18-24-year-old voters.  Voter Registration lead-member Ruby MacDonald has downloaded their data for Berkeley, Albany and Emeryville so we can analyze data specific to us.   We have also begun targeting high school voter registration with an event earlier this winter at Berkeley High School.

California Secretary of State Alex Padilla  recently announced that  he  will  be  working with the legislature to pass a new law that automates voter registration based on either getting a driver’s license or state ID.  If you are qualified to vote, then you are automatically registered to vote without filling out additional forms as you do now.  We will keep you informed of the progress.

More information on CEP’s California’s 2014 Youth Voter Turnout: Decline and Future Opportunities policy brief along with the FOCE’s news can be downloaded from our LWVBAE.org website’s Election Page.  The Team meets the first Monday of the month at 10:30 am at the Office.   And you are always  welcome!

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